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How about a shruti box instead? It's a free reed instrument designed to play a drone. It originated in India developed from the Indian harmonium though mine is made in the UK.
There's a double bellows arrangement that keeps a constant air suppliy over the reeds and the white flaps allow you to change key. Mine has a complete chromatic octave of 12 semitones starting on a low G.
I think there was a supply problem over here a while back. I used to get SP20s in Paddy Richter tuning from a customiser here. The last one I ordered, he was unable to supply and did me a modified blues bender instead which I didn't like as much then he stopped doing them altogether for a time but I see he is back again. In the meantime, I discovered Seydel and they do a variety of alternative tunings. They cost a bit more than the Hohner or Suzuki harps but they are well made, I find them very comfortable to play and they have good tone so I've decided to standardise on them.
Thanks for the feedback man. Yes, I play 3rd position a lot for minor key songs. Offhand I'm not sure what position I am doing with the E harp. I should probably tab this song out (something I need to start doing).
Christelle is a very accomplished diatonic player.
I play melodies on a diatonic. In fact pretty much all I play on a diatonic are melodies. PT Gazell plays nothing but diatonics and he is considered one of the best players in the world, playing everthing from blues to jazz to standards. Charlie McCoy is another diatonic player. Don't sell the diatonic short. Now, it's true that most blues players just play blues riffs and can't play a song, but that's what they want to do and are not concerned with playing straight melodies.
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I suppose the clue is in the name
It seems there is some sort of rip off going on in Canada.
I'm in the UK and I just checked with the retailer where I get most of my harmonicas and there was just £1 difference between the SP20 and the Blues Master. Blues Master £26.99 and SP20 £27.99
Deduct 20% tax and convert to $ and that probably comes out pretty close to the Suzuki prices quoted on this thread. So there's something odd about Hohner's pricing in Canada.